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[cg] [Fwd: TPL remarks]

Here is the statement from TPL about the purchase of the gardens from
NYC. It is a victory that we didn't lose any sites. We are concerned
about creating a dangerous precedent. This money and peoples energy
could have been put to much better use actually developing the gardens.
We are excited anyway and look forward to creating some positive policy
for the preservation and creation of gardens in NYC and other cities.
Thanks to all who supported this effort.
Lenny Librizzi

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The CYBERPARK mailing list
     TPL is working on a letter to all of the 63 gardens that it will be 
     acquiring from the city.  We will be glad to post that on cyberpark.  
     In the meantime, here are exerpts from the remarks made at the Green 
     Guerilla benefit by Andy Stone, NYC Program Director.  Also, following 
     is a list of the 63 sites we will be acquiring.
     "This has been a very difficult 4 months for the whole open space 
     movement, since learning of the City's plans to auction about 110 
     community gardens.  Many people have worked hard to convince the City 
     of the importance of these gardens, and have made the case that a 
     process is needed to review all community-managed gardens and 
     determine which ones make a real contribution to their community and 
     should be considered for preservation.
     Activist groups took to the streets and helped dramatize the issue and 
     keep it in the news.  Advocates, including the Green Guerillas, 
     Borough Presidents Golden and Ferrer, Attorney General Spitzer, the NY 
     Environmental Justice Alliance, the Puerto Rican Defense Fund, and the 
     More Gardens Coalition, helped keep the heat on with 4 separate 
     lawsuits.  And our colleague organizations including the NY and 
     Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, the Council on the Environment, NOSC, 
     GreenThumb, the Green Guerillas, and elected officials, particularly 
     the City Council, continued their tremendous support to gardens around 
     the City.
     It appears that the message of all of these groups, and of the many 
     other supporters, has been heard.  The process is not quite what we 
     would all have liked it to be, but the auction of gardens will not 
     occur tomorrow.   At 5:30 today, Deputy Mayors Lhota and Levine signed 
     an agreement with the Trust for Public Land whereby TPL will take 
     title to 63 of the gardens that had been slated for auction, for a 
     price of $3 million.  It appears that the City is close to a separate 
     agreement with another nonprofit, the New York Restoration Project, 
     chaired by Bette Midler, for the roughly 50 additional sites that had 
     been slated for auction.
     A few additional features of the Trust for Public Land's agreement 
     with the City:
     -- these sites will be used in perpetuity for open space purposes.
     -- TPL and the City will immediately begin discussions regarding the 
     preservation of  additional sites which have previously been approved, 
     through the ULURP process, for auctioning.
     TPL's letter agreement co-signed by Deputy Mayors Levine and Lhota 
     ends with the following statement: "TPL does not believe that the 
     purchase of community gardens by the private, not-for profit sector 
     represents a valid model of garden preservation.  It is our hope that 
     this agreement will represent a starting point for a comprehensive, 
     community-based program of permanent protection of community gardens."
     The sites acquired by TPL will continue to be managed as they are now 
     by community residents. TPL will act as an interim land trust, and 
     will work with the leaders of all of the gardens participating in our 
     land trust, to constitute a series of new multi-neighborhood land 
     trusts to own these sites permanently."
     Community Board    Garden Name                     Block   Lot
     M3         Lower East Side People Care             271     63
     M3         Parque de Tranquilidad                  373     10,12
     M3         All People's Garden                     373     58, 59
     M3         11th Street Block Association           438     19
     M3         Albert's Garden                         458     40,41
     M11        East Harlem Council                     1711    13,15
     M11        Papo's Garden                           1788    30,31,32,34
     M7         La Perla Garden                         1840    61
     M10        CEP Community Garden                    1953    28
     M10        Bradhurst Ave Tenants                   2046    35
     M9         West Harlem Group                       2074    29
     M9         Comm Group of the 500 146th             2077    43
     M9         Mo' Pals                                2079    11
     Q3         McIntosh Neighborhood Assoc             1650    2
     Q3         Malcolm X Day Care                      1726    14
     Q12        Dunton Block                            10072   18 plus 117
     Q12        Garden of Eden                          10078   43
     Q13        Cambria Heights Civic                   11327   1
     Q12        Merrick-Mardsen                         12371   332,333
     X1         Neighborhood Advisory Committee         2397    13
     X4         Grant Avenue Neighborhood               2448    11
     X4         Sherman Avenue Association              2455    37 plus 138
     X4         Roberto Clemente                        2506    87,89,91,94
     X1         Cherry Tree                             2564    10
     X1         Eagle Avenue Group                      2619    18
     X1         Cauldwell Youth Garden                  2623    58
     X2         52 People for Progress                  2685    61
     X6         Tremont Community                       3060    42,38,39,43
     X6         Belmont Little Farmers                  3078    69
     X6         2120 Mapes                              3111    7,8
     X6         Concerned Tenants of Daly Avenue        3125    35
     X5         Anthony Avenue Homeowners               3156    55
     X7         Concerned Citizens of Davidson Avenue   3199    46
     X7         Bedford Mosholu                         3292       86,149
     X9         Manor Avenue Block Association          3716    59
     B2         200 Bergen Street Garden                387     38, 39 
     B6         Warren Street Garden                    934     19, 66
     B6         Lincoln Berkeley                        950     16
     B6         President Street Greening Committee     955     49
     B8         St. Mark's Avenue Block Association     1144    63
     B8         Pacific Street Gardeners                1200    70
     B8         MaMa Dee's Garden                       1225    10
     B8         St. John's Place Renaissance Garden     1387    34
     B8         Ralph Lincoln Service Center            1387    40
     B3         John the Baptist Community Center       1586    41
     B3         Greene Block Association                1622    32
     B3         Patchen Avenue United Block Assoc       1623    4
     B3         Central Bainbridge Block Association    1683    90,91
     B3         Hart Street Garden                      1768    65,66
     B3         United Herkimer Garden Club             1860    62
     B3         Clifton Place Block Association         1952    3
     B2         Hollenback Community Garden             1962    69
     B3         Classon/Fulgate Block Association       1984    62
     B2         Group of South Oxford/South Portland    2099    43
     B1         Northside                               2337    1
     B4         Flushing Avenue Tenants Association     3155    20
     B4         Youth City Little League/People's Garden3283    1,3,4
     B4         Woodbine Street Block Association       3359    28
     B4         Contented Garden                        3457    3
     B5         Sheffield South Block Association       4298    65
     B5         Euclid/Pine Street Block Association    4461    9
     B17        Roger/Tilden/Veronica Place Block Assoc.5128    70
     posted by Jessica Kaslow
     TPL, NYC Program Assistant

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